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Ligularia & Tractor Seat Plant Guides For NZ

Tractor Seat Plants are somewhat of a NZ icon around pools and outdoor living areas. The most popular is Ligularia reniformis, which brings a tropical flair to a garden. Their amazing foliage has an ability to turn a bland space into a spectre of beauty. Ligularia are generally trouble free, easy to grow, and very rewarding – if you follow our tips! Failing that, jump in and browse our range of plants, otherwise scroll down for great information.

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Who Produces The Best Tractor Seat Plants In NZ?

The Plant Company! We produce thousands of Ligularia plants at our Hawkes Bay nursery. We nurture and protect the baby plants until they are ready for their new home, and this is why we have become New Zealand’s number one supplier of Ligularia plants. Strict quality standards mean that only the best plants will ever be dispatched. Each plant is packed with extreme care, ensuring it arrives to you in the same condition it was in at its nursery. Our impressive google ranking is testament to how well we perform so you can shop with confidence from the best in the industry.

What Are The Benefits Of Growing Ligularia Reniformis Plants?

Adding Ligularia or Tractor Seat plants to your garden delivers a vast range of benefits:

Tractor Seat Plants are very popular with landscapers and gardeners that want a modern and tropical flair to their space. They have an amazing ability to turn a bland space into something that is both lush and colourful.

Why Is Ligularia Reniformis Called The Tractor Seat Plant?

Ligularia reniformis if often nicknamed the Tractor Seat Plant due to its large, kidney-shaped leaves resembling old tractor seats. This is an herbaceous perennial that brings drama and texture to gardens and is very popular across NZ gardens.

Where Is The Tractor Seat Plant From?

The Tractor Seat Plant is native to China and Japan, and boasts bold foliage, vibrant flowers, and a surprisingly hardy nature. It is a popular choice for both experienced gardeners and beginners alike and is widely used by landscape designers. The large and glossy leaves unfurl in shades of deep green, sometimes flushed with burgundy or bronze. They add both elegance and a tropical flair wherever they are used.

During summer, tall stems rise from the centre of the plant, carrying clusters of bright yellow, daisy-like flowers. These beautiful blooms are held above the foliage and attract butterflies and other pollinators to the garden. Flowering continues for several weeks and adds a beautiful complement to an already amazing plant.

What Is The New Name For Ligularia?

The new name for Ligularia is Farfugium. This change was made in 2007, based on molecular phylogenetic studies that showed that Ligularia was not a monophyletic group. The Farfugium genus contains all the species that were previously classified as Ligularia. However, the name Ligularia is still widely used in the horticultural trade and in some scientific publications. It is likely that the name Ligularia will continue to be used for some time, even though Farfugium is the correct name.

Where Is The Best Place To Plant A Tractor Seat Plant?

The best place to plant Ligularia (The Tractor Seat Plant)will depend on the specific variety, but they prefer a moist, well-drained soil in partial shade. The most critical element for success is a well-drained soil. If you want your plant to remain evergreen and not die back during winter, it will need to be planted in a frost-free area or protected during winter with frost cloth.

While it can tolerate full sun, some leaf scorching can occur if plants are not accustomed to it or there is a period of extended, bright sunlight during summer. They are relatively drought-tolerant but will benefit occasional watering during dry periods.

Can Ligularia Grow In Full Sun?

Ligularia can grow in full sun, but they prefer partial shade. In full sun, Ligularia may require more frequent watering and may be more susceptible to pests and diseases. It is also important to note that some Ligularia species may scorch in full sun, especially in hot climates.

Are Ligularia and Tractor Seat Plants Frost Tender?

Ligularia and Tractor Seat Plants can tolerate a very light frost only once they are established. However, the exact level of frost tolerance will vary depending on the species or cultivar. Some Ligularia species are more frost tolerant than others. For example, Ligularia dentata can tolerate temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius for short periods, while other Ligularia species, such as Ligularia reniformis can only tolerate temperatures down to -5 degrees Celsius.

Does Ligularia Spread?

Ligularia spreads through rhizomes, which are underground stems that send up new shoots. The rate of spread will vary depending on the species or cultivar, the soil type, and the growing conditions. In general, Ligularia spreads more slowly in clay or compacted soils than in sandy or well-drained soils.

What Are Good Garden Uses For Ligularia And Tractor Seat Plants?

Ligularia, commonly known as Leopard Plants or Tractor Seat Plants, are widely planted across NZ in a variety of garden settings. The Plant Company often recommends they are used to bring a bold and dominant element to a mixed planting. Similarly, they are a must for any garden where a tropical theme is desired. We also often use them to border a path or walkway with larger plants as a backdrop. They certainly come into their own when used in pool gardens or around other water features. A few other options for them include:

When planting Ligularia, be sure to space the plants far enough apart so that they have room to grow. They can spread quite large, so it is important to factor in their mature size when choosing a planting location.

What Can I Plant Next To A Tractor Seat Plant?

There are a multitude of plants you can put next to a Tractor Seat Plant. A few of the more common options are highlighted below:

When choosing what to plant with Ligularia, be sure to consider the size of each plant and their growing requirements. You want to choose plants that will complement each other in terms of size, colour, and texture. You should also make sure that the plants have similar growing requirements, such as light and water needs.

Does The Tractor Seat Plant Produce Flowers?

The Tractor Seat Plant (Ligularia reniformis) produces beautiful flowers during summer and early autumn. They are usually a bright yellow colour, though some cultivars might have flowers that are orange-yellow and with reddish tones. The flowers resemble daisies, with clusters of small, ray-like florets surrounding a central disc. They are fairly small at about 50mm wide, but are borne as large clusters.

Can You Grow A Tractor Seat Plant Indoors?

Tractor Seat Plants (Ligularia reniformis) are commonly grown indoors. You’ll often see them in the foyer gardens of large buildings. They are well-suited for such environments as they prefer bright, indirect light. An indoor environment that is not heavily shaded and receives natural light is therefore ideal. Try to avoid placing them next to a window that receives full sun for long periods as this can cause scorching on the leaves. A south-facing window is generally fine, however. Below are a few more tips for growing amazing Tractor Seat Plants indoors:

With proper care, your Tractor Seat Plant should thrive indoors and add a touch of the tropics to your home.

What Care Does A Tractor Seat Plant Grown Indoors Need?

Your Tractor Seat Plant will reward you with lush and beautiful foliage if given the right care when grown indoors and here are a few of the essential elements:

By following these guidelines, you can keep your indoor Tractor Seat Plant happy and thriving!

How Do You Propagate The Tractor Seat Plant?

You can propagate Tractor Seat Plants (Ligularia reniformis) using division, which is undertaken in spring when the plant is actively growing.

How Do I Prune My Tractor Seat Plant?

Spring is generally the time you would consider trimming your Tractor Seat Plant (also known as Ligularia Reniformis or Farfugium Japonicum). At this time, you will remove old, damaged, or dead leaves to make way for new, healthy growth. Remove those leaves at ground level using sharp, clean secateurs. This may seem drastic, but it encourages fresh, vibrant foliage. During the rest of the year, you may want to trim off unsightly leaves or the spent flower stalk. Again, cut off at ground level but ensure the plant still has foliage to grow and sprout new leaves.

What Are The Common Problems With The Tractor Seat Plant?

Tractor Seat Plants (Ligularia reniformis) are generally quite low-maintenance and resistant to major problems. However, there might be a few issues that crop up:




Pests and diseases:

Fungal diseases:

Winter damage:

Early detection and intervention are key for managing any problems these plants may encounter. Ensuring proper watering, drainage, light conditions, and nutrient levels are essential for preventing most issues.

How Do I Fix A Drooping Tractor Seat Plant?

A drooping Tractor Seat Plant can be caused by various factors, so it's important to identify the issue before applying a fix. Here's some possible causes and solutions:

Check for underwatering:

Rule out overwatering:

Address inadequate light:

Consider temperature stress:

Check for pest or disease issues:

What Are The Common Tractor Seat Plant Pests?

Tractor Seat Plants (Ligularia reniformis) are generally quite resistant to pests and diseases. However, they can encounter issues from time to time:

Slugs and snails




Fungal diseases

Remember, early detection and intervention are key in managing any pest or disease issue. Regularly inspect your Tractor Seat Plant and promptly address any signs of trouble to keep it healthy and thriving.

Where Can I Get A Tractor Seat Plant In NZ?

Shopping for Tractor Seat Plants (Ligularia reniformis) in NZ is easy thanks to The Plant Company. They produce and sell the highest quality plants direct from their nursery or via online purchases. If you are wanting to buy beautiful and healthy plants, check out not just their Ligularia, but also their other amazing plants and products. Their high google rating is testament to how well they perform. Check out their range of tractor seat plants!

Can I get Ligularia argentea in NZ?

The Plant Company not only grows Ligularia argentea but sells large quantities of this wonderful plant throughout NZ. More importantly, if for whatever reason we don’t have it in stock, we can usually source if for you from their many high-quality suppliers. Our high google rating shows we are exceptional at both providing quality products and service.

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